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October is Home Eye Safety Awareness month

Monday, October 3, 2016

By: Molly Soto


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Most people are aware of eye safety in the workplace, but don’t think about the hazards that place their eyes at risk at home. Prevent Blindness America has declared October as Home Eye Safety Awareness month in an effort to remind everyone of these dangers.

 

Nearly 2.5 million people sustain eye injuries each year in the United States, and nearly 1 million people have lost some degree of vision as a result. About half of all these eye injuries occur when doing everyday chores. 

 

Here are some of the most common places that eye injuries occur and prevention tips keeping your eyes safe from the American Academy of Ophthalmology:

 

In the house when using household chemicals

  • Read all instructions and labels
  • Wear eye protection when suggested
  • Work in a well-ventilated area
  • Point spray nozzles away from you

In the workshop

  • Think about the project you will be doing
  • Wear eye protection to shield your eyes from flying fragments, fumes, dust particles, sparks and splashing chemicals

In the yard

  • Always protect your eyes from the sun but also think about what could be in the air
  • Wear eye protection before using a lawn mower, power trimmer or edger
  • Check for rocks and stones that could be dangerous projectiles

In the garage

  • Learn the proper way to jump-start a vehicle (improperly jump-started batteries can cause sparks and debris)
  • Keep protective goggles in your vehicle for any emergencies
  • Wear eye protection when doing any repairs on machinery

Prevent Blindness also has a checklist for reducing your risk of eye injuries around your home.

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